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Topic: [HM] Fermat's Last Theorem
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RJR_McWhinnie

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Re: [HM] Fermat's Last Theorem
Posted: Jan 7, 2001 3:23 PM
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On 06-Jan-01 16:27:25 Tony Maric wrote:

> he would have needed some knowledge of elliptic curves.

In Robert Kanigal's biography of Ramanujan,'The Man Who Knew Infinity',
ISBN 0-549-10452-2, pps.201-2, Kanigal wrote, "Others, on elliptic
integrals, were given by Arthur Berry ... Ramanujan stood, went to the
blackboard, took the chalk and wrote down results Berry had not yet
proved". This suggests (to me) that Ramanujan was already familiar with
elliptic curves.

bob(mc)






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